Thanks to City Council for passing noise ordinance
I, for one, would like to thank the City Council for passing an ordinance in helping the local authorities put a half nelson on the over-amplified automobile music - in time a full nelson. Thank you.
If anybody feels the same, please thank the City of Crescent City or the City Council in any way you choose, or just put a happy face on your next 12 or more water bills.
Del Norte 50 years ago was better place than it is now
Regarding the May 3 letter by Michael W. Tompkins, "Candidate's
out-of-touch view of county ignores its progress," the Del Norte County
of 50 years ago that he describes is, to put it nicely, fictional; to
put it bluntly, it is totally created from the perspective of someone
who was not here then.
I did live here then, and my husband was a logger, as were his father
and his grandfather. When our sons graduated from high school, they
also became loggers until the environmentalists totally killed this
I can tell you that loggers and fishermen were hard-working men in
very dangerous jobs for which they were paid so-so wages. I did not know
any of them who had "money to burn." My husband and I raised a family
of four children and it was often a struggle financially to make ends
As far as being a "wide-open town," I'm not sure what Mr. Tompkins
means, but I can tell you from someone who lived here then, people were
mostly law abiding. Unemployment and welfare were practically
non-existent, the town was prospering and to my knowledge, there was no
drug problem. Some of the men were alcohol drinkers, but it didn't stop
them from going to work every day. They had a real work ethic, something
that has taken a big u-turn along the way.
In closing I would like to say that I totally agree with Mr. Gitlin,
although I don't know him at all. He is correct in his statement that
Del Norte County is broken; however, I think it can still be fixed with
the right people in office. We need people who are interested in
creating jobs, not saving every bug, plant, tree, etc., in the county.
Fringe elements of Tea Party no better than those of OWS
In his May 8 letter ("I expect more decorous code of conduct than OWS
follows") responding to my response to him, Dale. L. Bohling quotes his
own missive as though saying the same thing over and over makes it
If he chose to, he could find any number of clips on the Internet of
Occupy gatherings not acting as he portrays them, but I realize he will
likely never seek those out, because they do not fall within the
parameters of his beliefs.
It is ridiculous to paint the Tea Party as the good to the evil of
Occupy. Both groups have elements that could be deemed less than
decorous, if we were judging social movements by such a term. Judging
Occupy merely by the actions of the Black Bloc anarchists is like
judging the Tea Party merely by the proudly displayed signs of the
racists in their ranks or by the corporate funders of nationwide bus
Bill Gray is said to be decisive in his "No" to supporting an Occupy
movement locally. Martha McClure says, "Yes." She supports free speech.
Oh my, what a liberal idea, downright revolutionary, small "d"
I'll always choose democracy over decorum.
Gitlin's vision for Del Norte has earned him my support
Finally, there is a candidate for supervisor I can get excited about - Roger Gitlin is going to get my vote.
He knocked on my door last week and told me he was running for the
Board of Supervisors in District 1. Then he wanted to hear what I had to
say. I told him I was fed up with self-serving politicians who say
everything and do nothing except get paid. Roger told me his vision for
Del Norte County, including taking a bite out of blight, hiring more
deputies, fighting to get some of our county from federal and state
public lands back into private hands and bringing a trade school to
He appears ready to work with the Board of Supervisors, not fight
with them. He spoke from his heart and I could see he's not your typical
guy looking to get elected. I am going to vote for him.
Dr. Martello not guilty unless proven so, is still a great vet
This is in response to the April 26 letter of Wendy Beeson regarding,
in her opinion, the inappropriate use of yellow ribbons placed around
the entrance of Crescent Animal Medicine.
Firstly, yellow ribbons are not only used to show our hopes and
prayers for the safe return of our brave military personnel, but also
displayed for lost children and adults. There was even a news report
some time ago where employees of a factory hung ribbons on the fence of
their recently closed factory.
Yellow ribbons have become a symbol of any loss with the hopes of a quick and safe return.
I, for one, am happy about the return of Dr. Martello to his practice.
Let us also remember that in this wonderful country, everyone is
innocent until proven otherwise. All the facts are not in and the entire
truth has yet to be determined.
I did not place the ribbons at the hospital nor do I know who did;
however, I commend them for this act and am proud there are members of
the community who are willing to wait and see the legal results.
If Dr. Martello is found guilty of the charges, I believe he should
and will take the punishment, but then come back to work. He is a
wonderful vet! I know what I'm talking about as I've dealt with vets for
over 57 years, all kinds of vets, and Dr. Martello is extraordinary in
both knowledge and empathy.
Dr. Martello, we need you.
McNamer only choice for District 1 supervisor
There is only one choice for the District 1 seat on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors - Leslie McNamer.
In her time on the Board of Supervisors, Del Norte County has moved
forward. The board has made progress on the airport, on improving
Highway 199 and on health care in our community. The board has worked
with the harbor district to help it recover from the tsunami.
She can't take complete credit for all those accomplishments, of
course, but she was there, working hard and working with others to help
our county during the worst economic times our nation has seen since the
One of her opponents, Roger Gitlin, has been in the community a short
time, yet he has managed to anger a great number of people. That is not
what we need. Leslie McNamer's other opponent, Donna Westfall, has been
on the City Council where she has launched failed recall attempt after
failed recall attempt. She also sued her other Council members and the
city. She lost, but in the process cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.
We certainly do not need that.
Vote Leslie McNamer for District 1 supervisor. Our future depends on it.
Residents outside city should have say on water supply
A couple days ago, a woman came up to me in the bank and asked where I
lived - whether it was in the city limits. I told her that while I did
live "in town," it was not within the borderline of city limits.
"Oh," she replied, "then you can't vote."
"Vote?" I asked.
"On the fluoride in the water," she said.
That made me think. I use and pay for city water - but because of my
address, I have no say in whether there is fluoride in my water?
That doesn't seem right to me - especially since I disagree with
fluoridation. Also, it seems to me I read sometime in the past that we
have an excessive amount of it added to our water.
If you use and pay for city water, when there is a vote on it, you should not be excluded.
So I call on our local politicians to make this situation one of
fairness - a great number of folks are forced to use the water with no
voice. That should be